Youth Olympic Women’s Team Cruises Past Chinese Taipei 21-5, Improves To 7-0
Behind a balanced attack from all four players, the 2014 U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team (7-0) won its seventh consecutive game on Aug. 23, defeating Chinese Taipei (3-4) 21-5 in the 3x3 basketball competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
The USA opened up the game with a 12-0 run and kept Chinese Taipei scoreless for the first three minutes and 40 seconds.
Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.), Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.) and Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.) started the game for the red, white and blue, and quickly established the team’s prowess as they each made a bucket to start the dominating run.
Despite the USA holding a commanding lead for the entirety of the contest, Chinese Taipei started hitting its shots towards the end of the game, scoring four of its five points in the last three minutes of the game. The U.S. needed over eight minutes to end the game.
“Today's game could have been a lot better on our end,” De'Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers/Springdale, Md.) said. “I give credit to the other team for coming out strong and being very physical and well rounded throughout the whole game. Even though we still have certain areas were we can improve on, we will still take the win for the day.”
Collier led all scorers with eight points, Ogunbowale chipped in six, and Samuelson and Boykin had five and two, respectively.
The win against Chinese Taipei keeps the USA as the only undefeated women’s team left. The team is averaging 21.2 points per game in fewer than 10 minutes per contest; both leading marks amongst all 20 teams competing on the women’s side.
Preliminary play will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 24. The USA, which is already assured a spot in the round of 16, will face the Czech Republic and Guam at 6:20 a.m. EDT and 9:00 a.m. EDT respectively to finish with Group B play.
The top eight teams from each group will advance to the round of 16 on Monday, Aug. 25, starting at 5:00 a.m. EDT. The winners of each of those games will move onto the quarterfinals, which will also be disputed on Aug. 25 at 8:00 a.m. EDT. Semifinals and finals will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and are scheduled to begin at 5:30 a.m. EDT.
“It's very exciting to be getting closer and closer to the elimination round,” Boykin added. “It means that we are getting closer and closer to our goal of winning gold”
In other Group B preliminary action today, Thailand (4-3) beat Egypt (3-4) 15-12; Romania (5-2) stayed strong versus Andorra (0-7) 18-8; Belgium (6-1) easily won against Indonesia (0-7) 22-1; and the Czech Republic (5-2) added another victory versus Guam (2-5) 21-7.
Playing in Group A are Brazil (2-5), China (4-3), Estonia (5-2), Germany (3-4), Hungary (6-1), Netherlands (6-1), Slovenia (1-6), Spain (5-2), Syria (1-6) and Venezuela (2-5).
The U.S. team is led by head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.), who conducts practices, but as per 3x3 rules, is not allowed to coach during games.
The basketball competition at the Youth Olympic Games is a 3x3 format organized by the International Olympic Committee and FIBA. The 2014 Youth Olympic Games includes 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams, as well as the Shootout for women and a Dunk Contest for men. Each team is comprised of four players, and athletes eligible for this competition must have been born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 1997.
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